I was born on September 12, 1980, in Brewster WA.
I graduated from Omak High School. Following high school, I attended Washington State University where I ran varsity track and field for two years and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. I am blessed with a wonderful wife of 14 years and 5 beautiful children. As a family, we all share the passion of the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing. My career is in law enforcement.
Being born and raised in Okanogan County I was introduced to hunting at the early age of 9. I was hooked from day one! I killed my first mule deer with a rifle at age 12 and have had the burning desire to chase mountain mule deer ever since. I have taken many mule deer with a rifle, a bow and a muzzleloader. I have not had the chance to chase big bulls in this state as often as I would like, the draw system kind of put the damper on that. I have drawn one good tag and was fortunate enough with my efforts to have harvested a bull of a lifetime. I have had the opportunity to harvest bears, a mountain lion, bobcats, coyotes, and many turkeys.
My true passion is getting away from the world deep in the wilderness. Nothing gets me more excited than a40 mile adventure where not many outdoorsmen get to visit. I lace up my boots, strap on my pack, and my motivation drives me where I love to be. The goal is typically a mature mule deer, a pack full of sheds, trail cameras set out, or the occasional screaming bull elk. But if all I return home with is a lasting memory of the trip and fresh air in my lungs, I consider it a success.
I started hunting and fishing at the age of 12 in my home state of Pennsylvania where I hunted squirrels, rabbits, grouse, pheasants and whitetail deer. I fished the various streams, lakes and ponds for trout and bass. After serving in the U.S. Navy I settled in Bremerton Wa. With my wife Susan and three daughters. 99% of our vacations are centered around camping and outdoor activities. I turkey hunt in April. I spend a week in May in Conconully fishing and I volunteer camp host at various Wa. State parks during the summer. I crab in hood canal in July. I deer hunt in October and Elk hunt also. I’ve hunted in Montana and Colorado. Hunting moose is number one on my bucket list maybe in Canada or Alaska. I’m a retired police officer so I have lots of time to enjoy the outdoors. Getting away to the woods is the way to find yourself.
My name is Nick Venema and I currently live in Ellensburg, WA. I go to CWU and I am in my last year in the Construction Management program. I grew up on the water in Edmonds, WA and I grew up playing sports and being outdoors. I have worked in Kenai, AK on the Kenai River and got to experience Alaska and some of the best fishing. My father was not a hunter, but he always taught me how to get through adversity and how to be disciplined. Growing up, my dad taught me how to fish for lake trout, salmon, crab, and clams. Along with fishing, my dad taught me how to camp and backpack. As soon as I was old enough, my dad put a backpack on my back and he would take me backpacking with him and his friends up to backcountry lakes and we would set up camp for a few days and fish for lake trout. My favorite place in the world to camp and fish at is Blue Lake in Okanogan Co. in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area. I was always interested in hunting because I loved seeing deer, elk, and birds whenever we would go on our camping or hiking trips. However, my dad was not a hunter and although he was an avid hiker and fisherman, he was never really supportive of being around guns. Throughout my childhood, I never really had anyone to influence me and teach me how to hunt. As soon as I had the opportunity right in front of me, I made something of it. I earned some money and bought my first shotgun and went duck hunting that following fall. I researched, got out into the woods as much as possible, and watched YouTube to educate myself. Then, last spring I scouted my hunting areas, worked a bunch of extra hours, on top of school, and bought myself my first bow. This past fall, I hunted elk and deer for the first time and I got out into the woods as much as possible. Although I wasn’t successful in a cow/spike only unit, I saw so many elk, a bear, a couple bucks and even had a 5 point bull bugle right in my face at 25 yards. I tell you what, I did not kill anything, but just being able to experience the things I did had me excited and hooked for the Fall of 2018. My passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors is immense and it continues to grow as I keep learning.
My name is Steve Huskov, I live in Spokane, WA. I currently attend WSU’s nursing program and working on finish my bachelor’s degree in science of nursing. My passion and dream is to work as a trauma nurse on a flight unit. I’m 26 years old, after high school I worked in Alaska in the oil fields, being there provided an opportunity to get involved with firefighting and that’s how I discovered my passion of helping people medically. My passion for the outdoors started at a very young age, I grew up in a family that didn’t fish or hunt much. As soon as I got old enough to earn my own income (at 13 I started mowing lawns) I quickly learned my passion for the outdoors, in form of fishing and backpacking at the time. I didn’t get a chance to hunt until age 18 when I could legally buy I rifle. I remember that year very well it was 2010. I spent every day of that deer season walking around public land I was able to ask around about, with no luck. That winter I did A LOT of research and spent countless hours watching YouTube videos to educate myself on the animal and their patterns. The next year I harvested the biggest Whitetail to date, the rest is history, I was getting hooked more and more. Sense then I spend majority of my free time in various outdoor activities, most include fly-fishing/hunting/hiking, I’m an adventurist at heart, there isn’t much outdoors related that I would say no to.
I am a born and raised Washingtonian, live most of my life in the small rural town of Mineral (Right at the base of Mt. Rainier). I have had a rifle (or bow) in my hands since the age of 8 and had the privilege of hunting all over our beautiful state for deer, elk, bear, cougar, sheep and just about anything else you can buy a tag for. I now hunt almost entirely archery unless I am out teaching my 9-year-old son, in which case we bring the rifle and his .22 along.
For the past several years I have found myself spending more and more time in the woods with a camera. It's amazing to be able to "shoot" all year round and in areas that are closed to actual hunting. I have hiked into places that I never had a desire to go before and camped in areas that I would never think of hunting because I know I can pack out 1000's of great photos or videos.
All in all, I am a family man who loves to spend every spare minute that I can in the woods; exploring new areas, scouting for animals, photography the landscape, and teaching my children how to do the same
I didn't grow up doing much in the outdoors other than occasional camping. I met my husband in 2000 and seeing the love for hunting in him and even the women in his family, I was instantly drawn in. 2 years later, I was heading out on my first hunting trip, I filled my deer tag opening day and I was hooked! We now have 2 kids, who we have brought along with us on our adventures from day one, and nothing has been more rewarding than having our kids share in the same excitement for the outdoors. We are passing down our knowledge and has been incredibly awesome to see them grow and be successful in the field. You not only gain me, you are gaining the stories and the pictures and the tales of my whole family, together we are one.
My name is Chris Mann. I am currently living in Pullman attending WSU and finishing a couple degrees. I have lived in Washington for most of my life except for the 8 years I spent traveling the world with the Marines. In my free time I hunt and fish like a madman. I love elk hunting with every fiber in my being. I currently hunt elk in 2 states and deer in 3. I’ve never been a “trophy hunter” but more the kind of guy who is happy with the animal I harvest. I also work with a non-profit called The Fallen Outdoors. We take veterans and active duty military members on hunting and fishing trips. This keeps me active in the community even when I do not have a hunt of my own.
Type of expertise in the outdoor industry you would see yourself in:
Videography, photography, promotional, would love to get involved with more things if possible. Any type of outdoors adventure, fishing and hunting. In the past year I started filming some of my adventures and look forward to filming all of my hunts this coming year and perfecting my editing and camera work.
Personal interests: hunting, archery, distance shooting, fishing, any excuse to get out into the mountains.